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West Country beaches lost tonnes of sand over winter

Hundreds of tonnes of sand had to be shifted at Perranporth Credit: ITV News

Beaches in the West Country lost thousands of tonnes of sand after last winter's storms and could take years to recover, according to a new report.

Those in Cornwall fared the worst in the country, with the tiny village of Beesands particularly affected.

Over the winter, hundreds of tonnes of sand had to be shifted to protect the Watering Hole pub which is on the beach at Perranporth.

Investigation into mysterious death of Alan Jeal to wind down

Alan Jeal's body was found on Perranporth Beach

Police investigating the death of a man whose naked body was found on Perranporth beach say they're now winding down their inquiries.

The body of 64-year-old Alan Jeal from Wadebridge was found with a sock and headphones stuffed into his mouth. He also had multiple injuries which police couldn't explain. He was last seen around Wadebridge, Truro, Newquay and Perranporth. Police say they're not ruling out a crime, but neither have they found anything to explain what happened to him.

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National appeal over mystery death in Cornwall

Detectives are hoping a reconstruction of the last known movements of a man found dead on a Cornish beach will help them find out what happened to him.

Alan Jeal's naked body was found washed up on the beach at Perranporth in February. It is hoped tonight's national appeal will provide some answers about what happened.

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Ponsmere Hotel threatened by developers

Campaigners fear plans to turn a historic hotel in Perranporth into private homes will hit the local economy and push property prices even higher.

It reflects what's happening in coastal towns across Devon and Cornwall, with many new apartments being snapped-up as second homes.

The developers, though, say there's no demand for keeping it as a hotel. Steve Hardy reports:

New CCTV footage shows Alan Jeal in Newquay

Police in Cornwall investigating the death of Alan Jeal have released new CCTV images showing him in Newquay on the night before his body was washed up on Perranporth beach.

He's seen getting off a bus at Newquay bus station at 8.16pm and walking around the town centre, before catching the 9.15pm bus to Perranporth.

Originally we believed Alan caught the bus from Truro to Perranporth on Monday evening, but now this latest CCTV shows Alan in Newquay before taking a bus to Perranporth.

We are hoping this may jog the memory of someone who was in the area at the same time as Alan and they may recall seeing him.

– Detective Chief Inspector Dave Thorne, Senior Investigating Officer

View the new CCTV footage here.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference 381 of 1st March.

New CCTV footage released in Alan Jeal investigation

Police in Cornwall investigating the death of Alan Jeal have released new CCTV images showing him in Newquay on the night before his body was washed up on Perranporth beach.

He's seen getting off a bus at Newquay bus station at 8.16pm and walking around the town centre, before catching the 9.15pm bus to Perranporth.

Police originally thought he'd caught a bus from Truro to Perranporth.

The 64-year-old's body was found on Tuesday the 25th February with multiple injuries to his chest, head and hand.

CCTV footage taken from Devon & Cornwall Police's YouTube page.

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